It is hard to get my mind around the fact that a helpless infant, laying in an animal’s food trough is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being. However, that is at the very heart of Christmas. It is the great celebration of God making his love visible and tangible in the world. This is the mystery of the Incarnation which we are preparing to celebrate.
We, as married couples, are called to make God’s love visible in the world as well. While our marriages are imperfect, the power of the Holy Spirit transforms our ordinary marriages into images of divine love.
The Holy Spirit is intimately involved in the thousands of small but real gestures of daily prayer, loving actions and conversations that make up the delightful experience of human and divine love.
What does that look like in your marriage?
What comes to mind for me this season are the tender ways in which Adella cared for me during my recovery from yet another surgery. It is the way in which we both respond in laughter to things that would have caused hurt or anger in the past. It is filling each other’s coffee cup and filling the car with gas when we know the other has a big meeting in the morning. It is knowing that God, through and with her is deeply concerned with the smallest details of my life like a clean shirt for the next day.
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evidence of the practical grace of marriage that makes our marriages a dwelling place of God, visible and attractive to the world. It is our way of participating in the wondrous mystery of the Incarnation.
Have a blessed Christmas and a Holy New Year.
Director, Marriage in Christ